Merging Culture, Color and Materialism
By Julie Wolfe
Video Production by Lauren Berkman
One of my favorite parts about working with The Studio Visit is the opportunity to get to know artists and learn more about their practice on a more personal, intimate level. I like to spend a little time before we begin a story to have a few one on one visits as well reading as much background information as possible.
Amber and I had this opportunity before we met at her studio on a warm overcast day to film a story about her life, work and process.
Amber Robles-Gordon is a multimedia visual artist with a joyful, positive, happy vibe. Her strikingly colorful work is a powerful fusion of ethnicity, identity, gender and cultural and social interests. Her childhood also informs her work which was filled with a wide range of challenges and the loving, nurturing support of her mother.
Amber’s family is from the Caribbean – primarily from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Antigua, West Indies. Amber was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Arlington, Virginia, and have lived in Washington DC for the last 20 years where she has successfully and ambitiously developed her career as an artist.
The following interview took place at a time when Amber was preparing for several upcoming exhibitions, which is not unusual in her world. Amber’s eloquent stories will warm your heart and give insight into her broad view of the positive and negative aspect of humanity.
Currently, amber has a solo exhibition at the Kohl Gallery at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland entitled “Material-isms: The Cultivation of Womanhood and Agency Through Materiality”.
September 6-October 10, 2018
A forthcoming solo exhibition will be at American University Katzen Art Center in the Fall 2020.